A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The purpose of the show-within-a-show is to deliver news that actually informs the viewer and encourages thoughtful discussion. There's also a subtle message that standing up for the truth -- and what you believe in -- is a risky but noble pursuit.
Positive Role Models
Most characters are principled with admirable ideals, and there are several strong female role models. The newsroom staff also works well as a team with surprisingly little infighting.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Light sexual tension and banter with references to affairs and relationships.
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Unbleeped swearing includes terms like "f--k," "s--t," "Goddamn," "ass," and "blow me," but cursing isn't constant.
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Products & Purchases
Characters mention real-life brands like Goldman Sachs, Capital One, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially, occasionally to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom contains unbleeped swearing in the form of "f--k, "s--t," etc., although cursing isn't constant. There's also some light sexual tension, along with allusions to romantic relationships, and characters drink socially, occasionally to excess. The show is not targeted toward kids or teens, but mature teens with an interest in journalism might find something worthwhile here.
Is It Any Good?
The Newsroom makes it known through ever-present monologues that it's tackling worthy and weighty issues, like whether "good television" and "the news" are mutually exclusive or whether journalists should have an opinion. But instead of answering those questions with nuance and intelligence, it gives us impassioned but ultimately hollow speeches and one-dimensional characters who are frustratingly chatty.
Of course, those elements are precisely what series creator Aaron Sorkin -- a critically acclaimed writer who won an Oscar for The Social Network script and multiple Emmys for his work on The West Wing -- is known for, and they usually work like a charm. But with the Sorkin magic missing from The Newsroom on multiple fronts, it makes for a show that's better in theory than in practice.
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